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Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Committee preliminary statement on New Caledonia referendum

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The Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Committee to New Caledonia observed the 2021 New Caledonia referendum on independence held on 12 December 2021. It deployed to...

New Caledonia faced with uncertainty over Noumea Accord exit

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A law professor in Noumea says New Caledonia is now faced with a period of high uncertainty, be it political, economic or institutional. Mathias Chauchat...

Massive referendum boycott highlights ongoing division in New Caledonia

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By Nic Maclellan Provisional figures in the New Caledonia referendum on self-determination show an overwhelming No to independence. But this result only comes from...

New Caledonia to hold tense final vote on independence from France

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The Pacific territory of New Caledonia goes to the polls on Sunday for a third and final referendum on independence from France with campaigning...

Pacific NGOs and movements call on France to defer referendum vote to 2022

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A coalition of Pacific civil society organisations (CSO) and movement leaders, has called on the French Government to postpone the third independence referendum in...

The ‘gals’ behind Samoa’s first woman PM

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By Megha Mohan and Yousef Eldin There are fewer women in politics in the Pacific Islands than in any other part of the world,...

Urgent appeal filed with French Court to postpone New Caledonia referendum

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Lawyers of the petitioners demanding the postponement of the auto-determination referendum of New Caledonia on 12 December has filed an urgent appeal at the...

Tonga prime ministerial race now down to two

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A dramatic new development in the race for the prime ministership in Tonga. The incumbent, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, has pulled out and there are now two...

Many voters to boycott New Caledonia referendum

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By Nic Maclellan Many New Caledonians will go to church this Sunday, or visit family or go fishing, and some of them will also...

Three contenders for Tonga’s prime minister’s job

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There are now three people shaping up to contest for the Tonga prime ministership. Tongans went to the polls last month and elected an all-male...

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Tonga is facing an “unprecedented disaster” from a massive volcanic eruption that covered the nation in ash and 15-metre tsunami waves that destroyed almost...

Cable repair ship to set sail from PNG to restore communications to Tonga

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New Zealand prepares to send support to Tonga

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New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence...